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Court Calls Out Non-Lawyer For Filing Mandamus Petition in Texas

Nov. 24, 2020, 5:19 PM

A man who filed a petition for writ of mandamus with a Texas appeals court on behalf of two clients will have to answer to the state’s unauthorized practice of law committee because he’s not a lawyer.

“Based on the face of the petition, it appears that (John Rod) Thomas is not a member of the state bar or a licensed attorney,” the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas said on Monday.

The court ordered Thomas to explain why the October petition didn’t constitute the unauthorized practice of law. Thomas didn’t, and instead asked the...

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